5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Los Angeles
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
Los Angeles

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Step out of the city life by going to Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see McWay Falls about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, stop by The Cheese Shop, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel holiday tool

Los Angeles to Carmel is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in November; daily highs in Carmel reach 65°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Thu), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and then stroll through Golden Gate Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder app

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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